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US expands strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Arab nations join air campaign

US expands strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Arab nations join air campaign

By End the Lie The United States has expanded the air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, according to the Pentagon, with new strikes on Saturday targeting a besieged Kurdish area near the Turkish border. Read more: “France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq” and “NATO says Russia still […]

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France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

By End the Lie The French military has begun their campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, marking the country’s entrance into what one paper called “an emerging international military coalition.” Read more: “NATO says Russia still has 1,000 troops in eastern Ukraine, 20,000 on the border” and “Obama and Cameron to discuss […]

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Defense official confirms US considering air strikes in Syria as ISIS advances

Defense official confirms US considering air strikes in Syria as ISIS advances

By End the Lie The United States military is considering launching air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, a senior defense official revealed on Saturday as the group made advances toward the border with Turkey. Read our latest: “Hamas says Israeli strikes kill three top commanders in Gaza; IDF reservists mobilized” and “National […]

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Hamas says Israeli strikes kill three top commanders in Gaza; IDF reservists mobilized

Hamas says Israeli strikes kill three top commanders in Gaza; IDF reservists mobilized

By End the Lie Hamas has said that Israeli airstrikes have killed three of their top commanders in Gaza, yet the group seems undeterred as the IDF has mobilized an additional 10,000 reservists to fight in the conflict. Read our latest: “National Guard deployed to Ferguson; Michael Brown autopsy results released” and “Political turmoil grips […]

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Political turmoil grips Iraq; Kurds use US bombings to retake Iraqi towns from ISIS

Political turmoil grips Iraq; Kurds use US bombings to retake Iraqi towns from ISIS

By End the Lie Iraq is now seeing heightened political turmoil with special forces loyal to Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki were deployed in Baghdad after Maliki criticized Iraqi President Fouad Masoum on state television. Read our latest: “Ebola deaths hit 887 as Liberia and Sierra Leone deploy military” and “CIA director admits to hacking and […]

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Iraqi Christians flee Mosul after ISIS Islamists demand conversion or protection tax

Iraqi Christians flee Mosul after ISIS Islamists demand conversion or protection tax

By End the Lie The Christian population is currently fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul after Islamist militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) said they must either convert to Islam or pay a protection tax called a “jizya.” Read our latest: “Ukrainian military plane shot down, pro-Russian separatists take responsibility” and […]

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Iraq update: Iranian pilot killed in fighting, ISIS leader appears in video

Iraq update: Iranian pilot killed in fighting, ISIS leader appears in video

By End the Lie The crisis in Iraq continued this week with the reported killing of an Iranian pilot in Iraq on Saturday and the first video appearance of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read our latest: “Privacy group files FTC complaint against Facebook for alleged […]

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Obama announces deployment of up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

Obama announces deployment of up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

By End the Lie Despite saying no U.S. troops would be deployed, President Obama said Thursday that he is sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to assist the government in their fight against Islamist militants. Read our latest: “ISIS militants clash with security forces over Iraq’s largest oil refinery” and “Marines, US ships […]

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ISIS militants clash with security forces over Iraq’s largest oil refinery

ISIS militants clash with security forces over Iraq’s largest oil refinery

By End the Lie As much as 75 percent of the largest oil refinery in Iraq is currently controlled by militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after clashes with security forces, according to reports. Read our latest: “Marines, US ships headed to Iraq as government loses control of another key […]